short, by playing in Flash Mx, designers and developers
learn a wealth about delivering great pages with Flash. What adds
to the value are 4 well chosen games which bring out different aspects
of the new Flash Mx environ.
At the introduction of Flash Mx, everybody in our group was commenting
about the new data processing and component capabilities in Flash
Mx. In fact the argument was even made that the designers and artist
who had brought Flash to such popularity had been short changed.
Short changed ?. What about a new easier and more user customizable
interface? Or better drawing facilities with very important skew,
distort, and pattern fill functionality ? And best of all great
new video support in Flash - what about this much enhanced video
capability ? . Well, Janet Galore and Todd Kelsey in Flash
Mx Design for TV and Video and Kristian Besley plus friends
with Macromedia Flash Mx Video would apparently
agree that Flash video is the place to be. With the Consumer
Show in January 2003 being the launch point for so many PC-based
media centres - here is the how to get in on that and the growing
Web video broadcast arena. And these are splendid how to texts.
No rah rah Flash; but rather solid tips and examples of projects
underline the trade-offs and illuminate the pitfalls to be avoided
in using Flash Mx and other tools to deliver smart video.
finally, for you audio-philes Brian Kozak and friends have delivered
the equivalent with Flash Mx Audio Magic. However,
this program looks at working with some music creation and editing
programs (Acid Pro and Sound Forge) along with video editing tools
(Video Vegas) in some very hands on projects. These are included
on the CD. So developers of Flash videos and animations can see
some of the tricks for synchronization and control available
the new Flash Mx. For example, a colleague's kiosk application
really profited from some of the dynamic sound shaping capabilities
mall - less volume, etc) that the book suggested a way to apply.
And this is just the tips of the iceberg on the excellent books
that are beginning to appear on Flash Mx design and delivery capabilities.
Web enablement with Flash/PHP, 3D high quality animations and renditions,
and eLearning are some of the other books appearing now and will
be covered in more detail in the future or at our graphics-rich
site - thePhotoFinishes.com